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Harvard Medical School Publishes Buyer's Guide to Herbs and Supplements

Boston MA, 22 January 2004
Source: Harvard Health Publications

The extensive selection of herbs and supplements on the market can make the decision about which ones—if any—to purchase difficult. Based on the best available scientific evidence, Harvard Medical School's Buyer's Guide to Herbs and Supplements provides readers with an understanding of dietary supplements, offers ways to interpret label claims, and supplies details about 52 herbs and supplements.

This special report helps readers become informed shoppers. Here are steps to take when considering a purchase:

  • Read the label to learn the ingredients in the product.
  • Look up the ingredients using Buyer's Guide to Herbs and Supplements or other reliable medical references.
  • Look for standardized brands tested for quality and purity by third-party laboratory testing.
  • Choose products studied in human clinical trials.
  • Check for fillers or additives on the label to ensure that you aren't allergic to any of the ingredients.
  • Check serving size, percent daily value, and expiration date.
  • Stick with products from reputable manufacturers that you trust.
  • Keep alert for any reactions or side effects.
  • Speak with your doctor and your pharmacist about your condition and possible interactions before starting an herbal therapy.

Buyer's Guide to Herbs and Supplements also provides extensive information on 52 popular herbs and supplements, including possible side effects and interactions, safety precautions, and dosage information. Additionally, each herb or supplement is given an herbal report card rating its effectiveness in treating various conditions.

Buyer's Guide to Herbs and Supplements is available from Harvard Health Publications (visit www.health.harvard.edu for more information).

About Harvard Health Publications

Harvard Health Publications, a division of Harvard Medical School, publishes five monthly newsletters—

  • Harvard Health Letter
  • Harvard Women's Health Watch
  • Harvard Men's Health Watch
  • Harvard Mental Health Letter
  • Harvard Heart Letter

—as well as more than 40 Special Health Reports and eight books. The goal of all the publications is to bring the public the most current practical and authoritative health information by drawing on the expertise of the 8,000 faculty physicians at the Harvard Medical School and its world-famous affiliated hospitals.


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